1742] To Horace Mann 267
Tho' with joint lives and debts before, Harry's estate was cover'd o'er,
His Irish place repairs it; Unless that story should be true, That he receives but half his due,
And the new Countess3 shares it.
"Tis said, besides, that t'other Harry* Pays half the fees of Secretary
To Bath's ennobled doxy; If so, good use of pow'r she makes, The treasury of each kingdom takes,
And holds them both by proxy.
Whilst her dear Lord obeys his summons, And leaves the noisy House of Commons,
Amongst the Lords to nod; Where if he's better than of old, His hand perhaps a stick may hold,
But never more a rod.
Unheard of, let him slumber there, As innocent as any peer,
As fit for any job; For now he's popular no more, Has lost the power he had before,
And his best friends the mob.
Their fav'rites shouldn't soar so high, They fail him when too near the sky,
Like Icarus's wings; And popularity is such, As still is ruin'd by the touch
Of gracious giving kings.
3 Lady Bath. Walpole. * H. Furnese. Walpole.